As president and CEO of the San Diego Chargers football team, Dean Spanos a well-respected leader within the organization and the San Diego community that he has called home for almost twenty years.
Dean has worked with his father, Alex Spanos, founder of A.G. Spanos Company, with ten companies bearing the Spanos name, since the early 1970s. Dean served as president of all the Spanos corporate entities and as vice chairman of the AGS Financial Corporation. When his father purchased majority interest in the San Diego Charges in 1984, Dean began working behind the scenes. In 1994, he became the President and CEO of the San Diego Chargers, overseeing the business and football operations.
Dean and his wife, Susie, have two sons. Alexander Gus graduated from the University of Southern California with a business degree. John Dean graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in business. Dean and Susie reside in La Jolla, California.
Dean is a pillar in the San Diego business and civic community, continuing the long-standing tradition of community support by the Spanos family and the Chargers. Dean created the program "Chargers Champions" that benefit students, schools, and educators through scholarships and grants. He also created "Touchdowns for Youth," a program to reward students with outstanding attendance by using Chargers tickets as incentives, which helped the San Diego County Schools attain an increase in state funding. Dean is on the Board of Directors of the San Diego International Sports Council, the San Diego Economic Development Corporation, the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce as well as the San Diego Inner-City Games. He is also a major contributor and supporter of Children's Hospital, American Cancer Society, Huntington's Disease Society of America, and the United Way. The San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum named Dean and Susie Spanos their Community Champions in 2001. Dean received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2002.
Spanos was initiated into Acacia Chapter DeMolay in Stockton, California. Spanos was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 21, 2003.
"My experiences with DeMolay were invaluable in providing me with a guiding path to success in every aspect of my life, including as a husband, father, and businessman. For that I am eternally grateful."